Lost Paws Rescue of Texas
DFW Dog and Cat Rescue Programs
Lost Paws Rescue of Texas is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
We are all volunteer – 100% of donations go to dog and cat rescue.
As a no-kill rescue group, we operate solely on donations.
In This Article:
Dog and Cat Adoption in Dallas Fort Worth
We hold weekly adoption events thanks to our great partnership with Dallas Fort Worth PetSmart locations: PetSmart Southlake and PetSmart Frisco.
We also partner with Willowbend Mall and Stonebriar Mall in the summer for monthly adoption events.
Our pets available for adoption consist of dogs and cats extracted from shelters, from breeder releases and owner surrenders. These elements make up about 42-60% of our adoption rates.
Disaster Shelter Assistance
Our Disaster Shelter Assistance program allows us to work with animal shelters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. We pull animals from their shelters before and during a time of natural disaster.
This allows the disaster area animal shelters to have space to care for owned pets who have been temporarily displaced due to flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes or fires.
This program accounts for about 3-4% of our adoption program. The majority of the cost involved is around paying for transport of the animals.
We target to have 20-25% of our adoptees be at least 8 yrs old. This population struggles in shelters. They are often traumatized by the loud noises and chaos of the younger energy animals in kennels with them; or next to them. As a result, they do not come across with their best personality when potential adopters walk by and attempt to interact.
We know that these sweet older souls make incredible loving and dedicated companions. And we have found there is a steady demand for older animals at our events. Although with the age comes more risk of health issues.
The sweet senior animals tend to cost us a little more to bring up to healthy status so they can be adopted. But it’s well worth it.
Whelping and Weaning Moms and Pups
This is our newest program. We are expanding our ability to bring in pregnant female dogs with new pups who were taken to shelters.
Lost Paws Rescue of Texas has built a new isolation center on our foster farm for whelping and weaning moms and pups. Our target is to grow our adoption rate by 40% by end of 2019. We know we can give this under-served population a fighting chance to have a great life. The costs of this program will raise our annual budget significantly.
These females almost always face euthanasia if there is no one to foster them through the puppy birth and weaning stage. This is because shelters are not a conducive environment for puppy care. Local animal shelters – despite their best efforts – have obstacles due to diseases that come in daily from strays and surrenders who were not vaccinated; and have not received care.
The stress to the mother – and the tiny immune systems of puppies – cannot fight back against disease in a typical animal shelter environment. They either they succumb to disease; or are euthanized.
Have you seen the cats and dogs with a limp, or with one eye? Or maybe they are blind or deaf – or possibly they have a limb deformity? Maybe they have lost all their hair or have no teeth.
We call those animals Adorably Imperfect.
And we think they are meant for adoption. This class of animals is often overlooked by other rescues because bringing them to a healthy state is expensive. Also, it does take a while to find a right adopter fit. But overwhelmingly, we receive feedback that these animals are some of the best pets their owners have ever had. As long as funds continue to come in – we will seek these animals out at a shelter and find them a home.
Adorably Imperfect dogs and cats make up about 4-5% of our adoptions